Exquisite Corpse (novel)

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Exquisite Corpse
Author Poppy Z. Brite
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror novel
Publisher Touchstone
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 240 pp (Paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-684-83627-0 (Paperback)
OCLC 38225918
This article is about Poppy Z. Brite novel. For other uses, see Exquisite corpse (disambiguation).

Exquisite Corpse is the third horror novel by Poppy Z. Brite. The protagonist of the story is Andrew Compton, an English convicted homosexual serial killer, cannibal and necrophiliac.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The novel unfolds in alternating chapters from the points of view of the four main characters. Andrew Compton, a convicted serial killer (based on real life serial killer Dennis Nilsen), escapes his UK prison cell as a dead man in a self-induced cataleptic trance and rises again to build a new life. His journey takes him to New Orleans' French Quarter-- to the decadent bars and frivolous boys that haunt the luscious dark corners of a town brought up on Voodoo and the dark arts. Anticipating a willing victim, he finds an equal in Jay Byrne, a decadent artist (based on real life serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer), who shares the same dangerous desires--torture, murder and cannibalism. They fixate on Tran, a young, gay Vietnamese boy estranged from his family, as their perfect victim. As Tran's long-standing attraction to Jay threatens to lead him straight to his demise, Tran's former lover, Lucas Ransom (pirate talk radio personality "Lush Rimbaud"), seeks to find and reunite with him. The four collide in a horrific climax.